‘Dancing with the Stars’ spotlight: Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya

If you were on the site yesterday, then you will know that we started up a new feature designed to individually preview all of the contestants who are going to be entering the ballroom on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars.” We’re going in order of the season in which the celebrities appeared — so following looking at the season 1 champ in Kelly Monaco, we’re now moving on to a man in Drew Lachey who has become a key component of the show over the years.

Will Drew actually succeed just as much as he did the first time around in season 2? Read on for our take.

Claim to fame – Former 98 Degrees singer

Past placement – Winner (season 2)

Current partner – Anna Trebunskaya

Past partner – Cheryl Burke

Story on the show – While Drew did a number of memorable performances in route to beating Jerry Rice and Stacy Keibler, there are two that have become a part of “Dancing with the Stars” history. There was a memorable routine set to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and we also had a “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy”-themed freestyle that still ranks among the best ever. This dance alone secured his win.

Strengths – Drew was born to entertain. He’s light on his feet, fun, and he’s not afraid to take big risks or make a fool out of himself to get a little bit farther on the show. It also helps from a voting standpoint that he has been involved with the show since his season, having hosted the short-lived “Dance War” spin-off in addition to guest hosting when former co-host Samantha Harris was off thanks to having a baby.

Weaknesses – Even though Drew has been around the show for a while, he hasn’t been dancing — and not every viewer now may have seen the show’s second season (though a good many of them have). He also has aged since his first appearance, and he also is at a pretty obvious disadvantage when it comes to his partner. This is not a slam against Anna (who is one of the best pros to never win), but rather recognition that the stars who have new partners this season have to learn new chemistry rather than just work with people that they have already spent time in the studio with.

Prediction – Drew’s a tough guy to figure out when it comes to this show. He’s clearly pretty talented, and he’s got enough of a loyal fan following that he could go far. He would be surprised to see him out early, and given the roster of the show, we would actually be pretty stunned if he is not a part of the final five. As for whether or not he can win, though, it may be tough unless he and Anna find a way to recreate some ballroom magic.

How do you think Drew is going to fare this season on the show? We want to hear some of your thoughts below!┬áIf you didn’t see our spotlight for Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy, be sure to read the story here.

Photo: ABC

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